People: Jun. 1, 1981

Swing. Splash. Surprise. No one was more surprised than First Lady Nancy Reagan, 59, at the successful christening of the 560-ft. guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Ticonderoga at the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Said she: "All I could think of was 'Lord, I am going to go down in history with Mrs. Truman!' " First Lady Bess Truman had struck out when she tried to crack a champagne bottle against the nose of the C-54 U.S. Capitol in 1945. Though that plane got no kicks from champagne, this ship did. Nancy, a righty (natch),...

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